Explore Italian Cooking with Nigellissima for iPad

niglawappProfessional Foodie Nigella Lawson’s newest BBC show Nigellissima, where Lawson explores cooking Italian, food spawned a printed cookbook and a universal iOS app. The app, which is free to download from the App Store

As is typical for Lawson, Nigellissima’s style is both accessible and celebratory. Even if, as a cook, your Italian repertoire extends only to opening up a can of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs, Nigellissima won’t go over your head. Yes, the Yellow Spaghetti requires saffron, Marsala, and heavy cream, but it is almost as easy as boiling water if you have the ingredients on hand.

A splash screen greets the reader as she opens the app. Comprising two interactive film strips that slide to offset each other, the main screen offers readers recipes, a section of video clips where Nigella shares her love of Italian food, and Nigella’s Latin loves where she focuses on ingredients or other Italian products including the Fiat Cinqucinento, which no reader could mistake as a specialty ingredient.

The remainder of the sections include a link to purchase the printed cookbook, tap into Lawson on social media, and learn more about the making of Nigellissima.

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The interactive recipe section includes thumbnails of delicious-looking cinnamon almond cake and spaghetti with tuna, lemon, & arugula. As a group the recipes are neither boring nor overly complicated.

Download Nigellissima from the App Store for free. This universal app will run on the iPad as well as the iPhone or iPod touch. It compliments the Nigella Quick Collection (iPhone-only, $5.99).

What I liked: Like an attractive garnish on the plate, the short videos of Lawson that comprise Nigella’s Italy add interest to the app without weighing it down.

What I didn’t like: At present there are only 13 recipes, although there is always the potential for more to be added. Overall the app was a little short on substance, but I don’t think it was designed to be an encyclopedic reference on Italian cooking.

To buy or not to buy: Fans of Lawson or any food-obsessed iPad owner will say brava to Nigellissima.

  • App Name: Nigellissima
  • Version Reviewed: 1.3
  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Developer: Random House Group
  • Price: Free
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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite